I love fall. There is a crispness in the air and folks are harvesting all the good foods we enjoy in the fall. One popular fall crop is apples. I think of baked apples, apple pie, apple cobbler, apple turnovers, apple cake and apple crisp. One way I enjoy apples in the fall is in the form of apple tea. Apple tea is so versatile, there are many things that can be added to it to spice it up. Here are a few ideas.
Cinnamon apple tea is useful for folks who have high cholesterol and blood sugar problems. A study done by NWFP Agricultural University in Pakistan found that cinnamon can reduce blood sugar in patients with type two diabetes.The apples also contain vitamin B-6.
Apple ginger tea is a good combination for a cool fall day. When I drink apple ginger tea on a cool fall or winter morning the ginger helps to set the mood for the day and the apple sweetens it up. Ginger is good for digestive problems and is an anti-inflammatory. Cinnamon can be added to the apple and ginger for a flavorful blend.
Hot apple cider vinegar tea has many health benefits. It was used in New England long ago to cure just about anything. There is an interesting book by D.C. Jarvis, MD, an old time country doctor, that gives many interesting anecdotes about using apple cider vinegar that you may find interesting. When you make the tea the best apple cider vinegar to use is Braggs. (I have no connection with Braggs, I just think it is a good product). Here is a recipe. For one cup use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. Add hot water and enjoy.
Turkish apple is an interesting variation. There are various versions of it depending on what spices you use. A basic recipe has apple, cinnamon, cloves, and orange. Optional ingredients include black tea, rose petals, and honey or the sweetener of your choice. The tea is often used at the end of a meal when one has overindulged. The tea can also cleanse the blood and urinary tract. Here is a basic recipe.
2 apples, do not peel or remove seeds, cut in 6 pieces
1 orange, do not peel, cut in 6 pieces
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups of water.
Cook everything in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then simmer until fruit is tender. Strain into a bowl. Pour tea into cups. Drink with pleasure.
If you buy your tea in the supermarket you will find many different blends of apple tea. There are various spiced versions, and apple tea can be mixed with black tea, or green tea . Perhaps you can think up some good blends by using your creativity and imagination and share them in the comments below.
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Jarvis, D.C., MD Folk Medicine A New England almanac of natural health care from a noted Vermont country doctor, 1958, Fawcett Books, New York
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